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Approximately 8 Hours
Departing from Messina, you'll board a motorcoach for a panoramic drive along Sicily's mountainous eastern coastline. You're headed to the Crateri Silvestri and Mt Etna. Along the way, you'll pass through the villages of Santa Venerina and Zafferana Etnea and enjoy some dramatic coastal views.
At Crateri Silvestri, you'll have time to walk around the crater on your own and take in some fantastic views of the summit of this great volcano that is the tallest and most active in Europe. It has erupted more than 130 times in recorded history. You'll also see the town of Catania, buried by an eruption more than 300 years ago.
Reboard the coach for the scenic ride to Taormina. An elevator will take you from the coach parking area to the city, where your walking tour begins. Get acquainted with this village perched 700 feet above the stunning Bay of Naxos. Even in Roman times, it was a famed resort, so you'll easily find remnants of its Greek and Roman history in its fine medieval quarter. Castle ruins, modern shops and chic cafés invite you to explore.
A guided walk introduces you to the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele and the bustling Corso Umberto. The latter is the main street and is lined with former mansions, shops and bars. It's the perfect place to enjoy an outdoor beverage (at your own expense) while people-watching.
You'll have some free time to shop before lunch at a fine restaurant in Taormina with a spectacular bay view.
Return to the ship in Messina.
Travel time from Messina to Mt Etna is approximately two hours. The ground around the Crateri Silvestri is uneven. Wear comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes. Bring a sweater or jacket; temperatures can drop dramatically at the summit. Motorcoaches are not permitted to enter the city of Taormina. From the parking lot, you will reach the city center by elevator. On your return, even if elevators are available, you may be required to use a flight of about 140 steps. Expect crowding at some locations. Tour operates weather permitting. Views are subject to atmospheric conditions and are not guaranteed. Some stores in Taormina are closed during lunchtime, on Sundays, Monday mornings and holidays. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience. Mt Etna is an active volcano, and last erupted in 2023; participate at your own risk.